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Crutchlow on excellent form in Portugal

Cal Crutchlow suggests he will be a reckoned force during his first season of World Superbike racing after going third quickest in Portugal
Cal Crutchlow's seamless transition back to Superbike machinery continued into the second day of testing at Portimao, the World Supersport champion getting amongst the pace setters yet again.

Much has been said about James Toseland's debut aboard the Yamaha R1, but it was Crutchlow who proved to be the quicker of the debutants, setting the third fastest time with a lap of 1min 42.115secs – just three tenths slower than Jonathan Rea.

Already lapping faster than new World Superbike champion Ben Spies managed over the race weekend, former British Superbike race winner Crutchlow was happy with his maiden outing aboard the 'big-bang' machine.

“A good enough second day for us again. I think we've worked hard looking at a few different things with the shocks. We haven't changed that much yet so we've got some work to do.

“We've changed a couple of things and had a play around with the electronics which has been good. Hopefully we'll keep working hard, the team has done a good job and I'm pleased with the first test.”

Coming just a few days after wrapping up the World Supersport title in his rookie season, Crutchlow's impressive first turn with Yamaha WSB certainly impressed new team manager Massimo Meregalli.

“Cal's side went very well, he improved quite a lot and was impressive. We are very satisfied. Now we will decide if we need another test before January which we'll confirm when we go home to give the riders the possibility to have some more time on the bike.



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RawDawg

October 29, 2009 2:21 PM
Last Edited 2593 days ago

"he looks like spies" "he's faster than spies" blah blah blah Can the guy just be Cal Crutchlow? Can he at least finish the first test? Or better yet just let him start the season first. Jeez. I guess next if he doesn't win half the races and almost all the superpoles he won't live up to the "hype". Don't load the guy up with the pressure and expectations just yet - let him get on with it.

VRob

October 29, 2009 11:46 AM
Last Edited 2593 days ago

For me it was never a question of whether Cal would be quick or not - he was always going to be very fast. It's more a question of whether he's been able to eliminate those frequent crashes that blighted his BSB campaign. He only crashed once during a race this year (which he says was down to a misbehaving gearbox) but quite a few times in practice, resulting in a few injuries this year (broken foot at Donington). He has no weak tracks and can ride well in all conditions, so if he can keep it upright he could certainly be a candidate for a top 3 placing in the championship.



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